A weekend of Eastern eating

  
Long weekends are great for catching up on errands, cleaning, and gastronomic adventures. This President’s Day weekend I got to try my hand at some new recipes and enjoy take out dishes that I’ve never tried before.

I had a friend over for dinner and wanted to prepare a Moroccan feast. I made Lamb Tangine for the first time.  With this recipe I followed the instructions for making it in the crock pot. I went to three stores and I wasn’t able to get my hands on harissa so I used extra tomato paste as a substitute and it came out great. I also used Labneh cheese instead of Greek yogurt for the garnish. I made couscous with parsley as a side dish.

Another evening a different friend and I were hanging out and decided to order in. We got delivery from one of my favorite Indian restaurants in the city, Awadh.  When it comes to Indian cuisine I suffer from a bit of a food rut. I tend to order Tikkah and Paneer dishes because I love those flavors. I decided to branch out and try Taley Aloo Ka Korma which is a potato and saffron dish. It was delicious.

For my final Eastern culinary experience of the weekend I baked Pistachio Rosewater Cupcakes. It is a nice alternative to vanilla or chocolate cake and is very light. Rosewater and pistachio can both be overpowering flavors but this recipe was well balanced. The next time you have a long weekend I recommend using it for a culinary adventure.

Life long learner

  
From pre-school to graduate school, I was a student for twenty years straight. It didn’t stop there though. When I worked in higher education I took courses for fun and take classes on Skillshare and through local annexes just to learn something new. I even did two semesters towards a a second master’s when I thought I wanted to pursue a doctoral degree. I’ve since decided while I love school, that path wasn’t for me.

While I may never be Dr. Rosenberg, it’s safe to say that I’m a life long learner. I’ve recently added a new type of course to my continuing education. I’ve started taking improv classes. I did improv in high school and college. At one point I thought I was going to major in theater, but I haven’t gotten on stage in or out of a classroom since undergrad.

I was terrified. What if I sucked? What if I didn’t like theater any more? What if I liked this so much that I would regret giving it up? All my fears were put to rest, because the class is simply fun. I’m having a good time rediscovering something I used to do and am realizing that it’s never to late to go back to something that you used to love. I have no idea what this will lead to but it feels like reconnecting with a long lost friend. It’s comfortable and we’ve started where we left off.

If you don’t have a new skill or challenge that is calling to you at the moment, I recommend picking up one from your past instead.